An ADAM application is a program which uses ADAM subroutines. From the user's point of view, the most important of these is the Parameter system since this controls (in conjunction with the user language) the interaction between the program and the user. The Parameter system uses a file called an Interface File which stores information about a program's parameters.
Many users will only use applications which have been written by someone else. In this case, everything necessary to enable them to be used should already have been carried out. This includes the preparation of the interface files and the definition of commands. All you need do is carry out a specified startup procedure. However, if you have written your own application, you will need to do some preparation of your own before using it.
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